Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Kennedy Calls for Senate Transportation Hearing on Future of the Buffalo Skyway

With the DOT planning to spend over $110M in maintenance, Kennedy calls for hearing to ensure plan considers long-term best interest of Buffalo 

Kennedy says removal of  Skyway will provide economic boost to Buffalo and cost savings for taxpayers; calls for hearing to examine DOT's future plans

Kennedy: Skyway's Sky-high Maintenance Costs Make it a Bad Investment

October 10, 2012
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ReCharge NY Supporting Job Creation and Retention across Western New York

Senator Tim Kennedy joined officials from the New York Power Authority and Mayer Brothers Apple Products to mark the allocation of low-cost power from ReCharge NY, which is supporting job retention and private capital investments at the Western New York juice producer's facilities. NYPA Chairman John Koelmel, Trustee Terrance Flynn and President Gil Quiniones stopped by Mayer Bros. Cider Mill to highlight the impact of ReCharge NY  at Mayer Bros. and throughout the Western New York region.

ReCharge NY is the new statewide power program, established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the State Legislature, to give businesses and other enterprises a boost in lowering their operating costs in support of economic development.

September 6, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Start for Zurbrick Road Project

After decade of setbacks, project will finally break ground in mid-September.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced work will finally begin on the long-delayed Zurbrick Road project starting mid-September. The project will start with the remediation of waste left behind from the former Depew Landfill and the stabilization of the stream bank.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy Tuesday to commend the Department of Environmental Conservation for pressing this project forward.

September 4, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Applauds Appointment of Robert Gioia to Serve on Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board of Directors

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, released the following statement highlighting the appointment of Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

“Western New York has long benefitted from the dedicated leadership and relentless hard work of Robert Gioia,” Kennedy said. “Our community has relied on his vision and energy as he has spearheaded countless important projects and initiatives. Channeling Mr. Gioia’s talents into waterfront development at ECHDC will be a great boost to ongoing efforts to revitalize our economy starting at the water’s edge.

August 31, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces I-STOP Signed into Law

Kennedy-cosponsored measure to prevent prescription drug abuse becomes law

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced new measures to prevent prescription drug abuse have been signed into law. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed I-STOP, or the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, into law Monday.

August 27, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Stands Opposed to Proposed Thruway Toll Hike

With regional equity concerns still unaddressed, Kennedy urges the Thruway Authority to reverse course on toll hike

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, voiced his opposition to the toll hike proposed by NYS Thruway Authority at their public hearing Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. In outlining his opposition, Kennedy detailed ongoing regional inequities and funding disparities that Western New York has suffered in recent years.

August 16, 2012
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Kennedy, Ryan Host Roundtable Forum on Drug Addiction Treatment in Western New York

Several leading treatment providers, advocates and researchers outline local issues related to addiction treatment and prevention. Forum discusses steps forward to improve patient care and adapt to the new challenges of prescription drug addiction

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of drug addiction treatment in Western New York Monday at D’Youville College. Several expert panelists participated in the conversation and detailed challenges facing treatment providers and prevention advocates.

August 13, 2012
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Kennedy Unveils Proposal to Bridge Skills Gap, Prepare Workers for Jobs in New Economy

ECC, Ford, UAW join Kennedy to highlight new plan to develop skilled workforce and foster “matchmaking for manufacturing”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a new proposal to help bridge the “skills gap” and prepare workers for jobs in our ever-evolving economy at a press conference Tuesday at Erie Community College’s City Campus. Officials from ECC and Ford Motor Company joined Kennedy, as he outlined his proposed plan to establish Centers of Workforce Achievement – which will partner community colleges with local employers to develop a skilled workforce for growth industries within the regional economy.

August 7, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Urges DEC to Keep Zurbrick Road Project on Track

After decade of delay, project is closer than ever to starting. Senator Kennedy, Supervisor Holtz, Mayor Hoffman want work to start this summer.   

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – “After a decade of delay, the DEC needs to get this project started this summer,” said Senator Tim Kennedy, urging the Department of Environmental Conservation to keep its Zurbrick Road project on track. Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy in calling on the DEC to stick to a summer 2012 start date for environmental remediation and bank stabilization work along Zurbrick Road.

July 24, 2012
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Kennedy, Higgins & Meegan Announce Improvements to Union Road in West Seneca

Over $1.3 Million in Road & Streetscape Work Underway

Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Senator Tim Kennedy and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to detail infrastructure improvements underway along Union Road (Route 277) in West Seneca. 

July 23, 2012
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Senior Safety Initiative in Lackawanna

Lackawanna Senior Center will be site for July 24 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to help keep senior citizens safe Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lackawanna  Senior Center. Senator Kennedy’s Senior Safety Initiative brings together officials from law enforcement and public safety to discuss ways for seniors to protect themselves from fraud, deceptive schemes, elder abuse and other potential dangers. The presentation will also highlight efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe.

July 19, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Mayor Brown Team Up to Improve South Park Avenue

South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues with efforts to clean up, repair environmental amenities along commercial strip.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues, as Senator Tim Kennedy and Mayor Byron Brown team up with community leaders to make further improvements to this important Buffalo commercial strip. This is the latest chapter in a community development project that has been ongoing for several years, since Kennedy began spearheading this movement as a county legislator.  

July 18, 2012
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One Year After Its Enactment, Senator Kennedy and Kelly Cline Praise Impact of Ban on Texting While Driving

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and safety advocate Kelly Cline commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which was enacted one year ago. In Erie County, enforcement has been extremely effective. Locally, police officials have issued nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets outside New York City.

July 13, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Local Workers Fighting to Stop Offshoring, Save NY Jobs

Kennedy pushing for reforms that protect jobs created in New York State from being outsourced overseas 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A rampant trend toward offshoring jobs has left too many families without work and kept unemployment high despite surging corporate profits. With about 22-29 percent of all jobs still at risk of being shipped overseas, action is needed to protect Western New Yorkers’ jobs. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is standing up to prevent good-paying jobs from leaving New York State.

July 7, 2012
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Kennedy, Local Officials Announce DEC Efforts to Address Air Quality at Peace Bridge

Department of Environmental Conservation Agrees To Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge – Put Conservation Officers in Place To Enforce Truck Idling Regulation

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined several of his colleagues in government to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has agreed to institute various measures to address air quality near the Peace Bridge. 

July 6, 2012
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Joining Forces to Remember, Honor Hispanic-American Veterans

Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.

Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.

July 3, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Sponsors Unyts Independence Day Blood Drives

Blood drives in West Seneca this week on Wednesday, July 4, and Friday, July 6

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is asking the community to help keep the blood supply strong this Independence Day. The demand for blood tends to outpace supply during the summer season, but Western New Yorkers have an opportunity to change that trend next week at Unyts blood drives, which Senator Kennedy is sponsoring.

July 2, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Action to Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying

State Legislature approves comprehensive bill to prevent growing problem of online harassment.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced legislative action to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying across New York State. The State Legislature approved legislation to ensure young people have access to safe learning environments at school, in their neighborhoods and online.

June 27, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Approval of Legislation to Boost Historic Preservation

Senate unanimously passes measure to increase incentives to spark substantial investment in historic structures and create jobs.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.6134/A.9110) to significantly boost the scope and impact of historic preservation projects. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will help spark economic growth and job creation by encouraging significant investment in aging, historic structures.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day. Local youth invited to participate in full Sabres Street program to be launched Monday at 4:30 p.m.  

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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